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WHAT WE THOUGHT
“Frankie & Alice” is a movie that somehow took eight writers to bring to reality. Everything presented is a by the numbers period piece about how women had it bad in the 70s and mental illness was prevalent. We get the standard racist elderly personality, the kid personality and not many other alters. If you’re looking for realism, then stick with “United States of Tara” or Gollum. Halle Berry thrashes around the place and Stellan Skarsgard has to bite his lip to keep from screaming about how this lady has an Oscar and he doesn’t. Life isn’t fair.
Dissociative Identity Disorder gets pulled out for female driven melodramas for about the last 55 years. That’s what happens when you give Joanne Woodward an Oscar for being serviceable in an overwrought drama. Still, it’s funny that we’re watching a heartfelt riff on so many other Split Personality movies where a poor downtrodden black woman has to take advice from a Dr. Oz. The irony is rich, but I feel that the subtle reading of the material was lost on the majority of the creative participants. Watch it if you want a chuckle, just don’t expect to get anything out of it. This is one of those movies that will make your mom believe she learned something about mental illness.
The DVD comes with a featurette as the only special feature. The A/V Quality is pretty standard, even on the Digital Copy. The transfer gets a smidge too dark at times, but that’s personal preference. The same can be said for the soft mix on the Dolby 5.1 surround track. In the end, I’d recommend a rental or a stream.
RELEASE DATE: 08/12/2014